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Old 02-26-08, 01:15 PM
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LA to WI

Just in case someone would like to try to meet Lance Armstrong, he'll be in Madison and Milwaukee on Tuesday, March 4.

Here's the story:


Cycling champion Lance Armstrong will visit Wisconsin next week to campaign for a statewide smoking ban.

That's the word from the American Cancer Society and Gov. Jim Doyle's office.

Armstrong is a seven-time Tour de France winner.

He'll join Doyle at a smoking ban rally at Madison's Monona Terrace on Tuesday.

Armstrong and Doyle also are scheduled to hold a press conference in Milwaukee.

The state Legislature is considering a ban on smoking in all public workplaces, restaurants and bars.

But the ban has bogged down under opposition from tavern owners.
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Old 02-26-08, 02:00 PM
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Hip, let me tell you, the smoking ban in restaurants and bars is excellent in Illinois.

I met some friends up in Lake Geneva last month to catch up on old times and I couldn't believe how nasty I smelled from the smoke in the place.

People will still go to bars, don't worry about that, Wisconsinites.
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Already banned in bars here in Madison, and it's fantastic.

Ban ban ban.
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And here I thought a race from LA to WI
But smoking ban's are good too. I used to smoke until about 14 years ago and it definitely is a bad and stinky habit.
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Old 02-26-08, 03:59 PM
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Funny, the responses here have been about the proposed ban, and that wasn't why I posted this....I'm just all excited about Lance being here and the chance to finally meet him.

Had lunch with his mom a couple of years ago at an event, but have never met Lance...nor even talked to him in person.

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My mom called me this morning about the Lance angle. Seems like it was on pretty short notice. Unfortunately, I had to be at work.

Working.

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Lance who? Was he some sort of person we should have heard of?

History is so in the past, man.

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People will still go to bars, don't worry about that, Wisconsinites.
If it worked in NYC, it can work anywhere
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And now the rest of Wisconsinites that aren't dating an organizer for this appearance finally hear about Lance's visit

That was a tough secret to keep! Be sure to come check it out, the state really needs it.
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Sounds like a great guest for your show Hip. Surely you have that type of clout.
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Sounds like a great guest for your show Hip. Surely you have that type of clout.
HA!
I've tried in the past and as I said on the show yesterday, I think I'd have a better shot at getting the Pope. Lance has a LOT of layers around him to protect.

However, Coach Jerry just teased me with a little addtional nugget of info.

When I sent him an e-mail about Lance's appearance, Jerry's reply to me was simply: "Stay tuned dude"

What a tease!
He knows something. They're working on something. An in-store appearance? Could this at last be my chance at meeting the man, the myth, the legend?! Oh steady my heart.
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Place and time in Milwaukee???

Anyone?
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Originally Posted by John Wilke View Post
Place and time in Milwaukee???

Anyone?
UPDATE:

Very disappointed. Friday I learned that it's only a conference call set up at 2:00 after the noon Madison rally event. I have all the numbers and codes and crap to dial in and participate at 2:00, but I wanted to actually meet him...press the flesh...but he'll only be in Madison. I'm not even sure I'm going to bother with the conference call. Maybe I should...ask him if he trolls at BF.
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My contact on the inside let me know they are flying Lance, "it's called a conference because we invite the press from all around the Milwaukee area to come and ask him questions." .


Location:
Oak Crest Tavern (100% smoke-free establishment)
4022 N. Oakland Ave (corner of Capitol and Oakland)
Shorewood, WI
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My contact on the inside let me know they are flying Lance, "it's called a conference because we invite the press from all around the Milwaukee area to come and ask him questions." .


Location:
Oak Crest Tavern (100% smoke-free establishment)
4022 N. Oakland Ave (corner of Capitol and Oakland)
Shorewood, WI
If true and the timing were right, I could drop in there before the show tomorrow.
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